Mangaluru: Mangalore University, on Thursday, February 27, held its 38th annual convocation at the Mangala Auditorium, Mangalagangothri. The event was held from 3 PM onwards.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister, Higher Education Minister and Pro-Chancellor of Mangalore University Dr C N Ashwath Narayan presided over the programme. Minister of Stat for External Affairs and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, GOI, V Muraleedharan was the chief guest.
Addressing the gathering during his convocation speech, minister Muraleedharan said, “These degrees not only recognise the skills and talents of our students, and the years of diligent work that have led to the award of these degrees, but they also validate the teaching and examination processes of the University. In short, they endorse the entire gamut of activities that the University stands for, and the values that underpin and drive these activities. And for you, our young students, to receive these degrees at an impressive ceremony, accompanied by your parents or guardians and friends, is the moment of a lifetime.”
“If you look around deeply and carefully, you will see how you could not have come thus far without your teachers. It is they who have moulded your soul in the right direction, moulding skills that have empowered you to march forward with confidence. It is that love and care of your parents and gurus that we celebrate today, and which are woven into the tapestry of this Convocation ceremony. No wonder, in India we say, “Matr Devo Bhavaha, Pithr Devo Bhavaha, Acharya Devo Bhavaha!” One must be grateful to our parents and teachers who have shown us the path to self-confidence and success,” he added.
Showering praises on the University, he said, “From what I have seen, Mangalore University reflects excellence in academics through teacher quality, student performance, curriculum development, in its evaluation, teaching and research. With its commitment for effective governance and academic excellence, Mangalore University has won a respectable place in the educational map of India. The University is the very picture of order and discipline. Guided by its vision “to evolve as a national and international centre for advanced studies and to develop and nurture quality human resource” and its mission “to provide excellent academic, physical, administrative, infrastructural and moral ambience,” Mangalore University has grown from strength to strength year after year. Just as we have to be grateful to our parents and to our teachers, we must be grateful to our College and our University as well.”
He also advised the students not to forget India, which sustains our spirit and enriches our soul. “We must be proud of this great land. We must be proud of our history, our culture, our ethos. For this to happen, you must remember the great signposts of our civilisational history. This is the land in which the world’s oldest university was established at Takshashila more than 2700 years ago, imparting path-breaking knowledge in 64 disciplines to more than 20,000 students at a time. This is the land that gave us the Natyashastra, the oldest treatise on dramaturgy in the world. We must be proud that we gave to the world critical mathematical concepts such as the zero, decimals, trigonometry, algebra and the calculus. We calculated the value of “Pi” in the sixth century. We had the first urban settlement in all of South Asia. We gave to the world three major religions. We gave to the world the principle of peace and non-violence, as well as models of governance during the Gupta age that were visionary and far-reaching. We gave to the world the great system of Yoga, first seen in the Rigveda and which, along with Ayurveda, is India’s lasting contribution to the world. All of us, young and old, must be proud that we belong to a great country with this kind of a stellar heritage. We must be proud of our ancient philosophy, our ancient culture, our ancient history, and our systems of music and dance that are second to none. We must be proud of our syncretic civilisation, where all have lived in peace and harmony. We must be proud of our nation,” he said.
He added that we also need to be proud of India for its more recent achievements as well, like the freedom struggle, the progress in textiles, telecom, software, transport, pharma, chemicals, biotechnology, space exploration, remote sensing, food processing, steel and cement, mining, petroleum, and many other fields. “We are the largest producers of milk, vegetables, tea, mint oil and many more. We are the world’s leading developer of computer software and we sell software and services worth more than one hundred billion dollars every year. We have the largest road network in the world, the largest network of post offices in the world and the largest film industry as well. We are the world leaders in remote sensing. We were the third nation in the world to found a national space agency, and we were the fourth nation to have a satellite orbiting Mars and we were the third nation to reach the surface of the moon. We hold the world record for placing more than 100 satellites in orbit from a single launch vehicle, and we plan to send an Indian into space shortly. And we were one of the first nations to give women the right to vote,” he said.
He also said that our pride for our country must be matched by our commitment to the country. “The commitment should prompt all of us and particularly our youth to solve some of our most pressing problems: poverty, malnutrition, infrastructure, governance, energy, unemployment, healthcare for all, pollution, and the challenges of gender and biodiversity,” he added.
Further, he said, “In order to make the path to the future accessible to all, we have to re-vision our system of education in a manner that brings to us the best of our traditional knowledge and at the same time gives us skills that are relevant for the times in which we live. It may be difficult to believe today that the ancient Indians paid utmost attention to making the education system relevant to their times: every one of the 64 vidyas taught at Takshashila was useful to society. Today, we need to make our education system relevant to our times by re-inventing it in line with our ancient knowledge and our current priorities and challenges.”
Speaking about the New Education Policy 2019, he said, “I am happy to state that the New Education Policy 2019, which is in its draft stage now, makes an earnest attempt to seek relevance as a cardinal value for our education system. It provides for multiple exit and entry options for students, starting with the secondary education stage and going all the way up to undergraduate and postgraduate education and research. It is highly justifiable to introduce Liberal Education at the undergraduate level for preparing students for future employment scenarios and professional roles. Simply tailoring people into jobs that exist today, but that are likely to change or disappear after some years, is suboptimal and even counterproductive. The need of the hour is vibrant multi-disciplinary institutions of high quality that increase capacity of higher education in India and ensure equitable access. As we do all this, we will seek to combine the wisdom of the ancients with the challenges of modern times, such that the ancient wisdom will make possible a more ethical and happier world.”
Recalling Swami Vivekananda, he said, “At a time when India was reeling under the yoke of the coloniser, Swami Vivekananda went to America, not to learn anything new, but to teach the world from the wellsprings of the ancient Indian civilisation. Freedom, he said, can never be reached by the weak. ‘Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself… Do not be dragged away out of this Indian life; do not for a moment think that it would be better for India if all the Indians dressed, ate, and behaved like another race… Go, all of you, wherever there is an outbreak of plague or famine, or wherever the people are in distress, and mitigate their suffering. Preach this ideal from door to door, and you will yourselves be benefited by it at the same time that you are doing good to your country.'”
The minister also asked the students to recall the state anthem of Karnataka authored by Rashtra Kavi Kuvempu and said, “This immortal song highlights the greatness of the Indian ethos, of which Karnataka is an integral part. What a rousing call to awareness that was: ‘Jai Bharatha Jananiya Thanujaathe, Jaya He Karnataka Maathe!’ This is the spirit that we need today, which can instil confidence and pride in the youth of this country.”
He concluded his address with a quote from Swami Vivekananda saying, “The infinite future is before you, and you must always remember that each word, thought, and deed lays up a store for you and that as bad thoughts and bad works are ready to spring upon you like tigers, so also there is the inspiring hope that the good thoughts and good deeds are ready with the power of a hundred thousand angels to defend you always and forever.”
On the occasion, educationist and construction developer K C Naik received an honorary doctorate.
Meanwhile, two Doctor of Literature degree (Sociology) fellows and 105 Doctor of Philosophy degrees ( (Arts 23, Science 63, Commerce – 08 and Education -11) fellows received their certificates.
Out of the 105 candidates, 49 are women and 56 are men.
As many as 34 gold medals and 120 cash prizes were handed out to the deserving candidates.
There were 168 rank members, of which 66 students are 1st rank holders.